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Hardening with file permissions?

  • For WP it’s recommended to chmod directories 755 and files 644 for “hardening” purposes.

    Does the same advice apply to bbP, and would using that scheme break anything?

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  • It depends on your webserver setup, but generally that sounds OK

    You might want to further restrict your config file if you are on a shared host.



    Note that 755/644 is a false sense of security.

    I can write a file in any directory regardless of permissions on a server with posix support (any linux server) by being able to switch the PHP username to yours. However, Safe Mode and/or Open_base_dir will prevent the posix trick from working (unless of course the code is executing from your own directory)

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